Dawlish Museum

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Dawlish Museum
4.5
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
With 11 rooms over 3 floors the museum is most famous for its display of Piper Bill Millins D-Day bagpipes. The displays in Dawlish Museum are regularly updated and depict life past and present in the town and notably tell the story of the February storm of 2014 which severely damaged the railway line. A vast archive of 100's of rare historical photographs can be seen in both album form or on the new library P.C. Children as well as adults are well catered for and there are many fun activities for them to do such as the dressing up outfits and the Black Swan Trail. The Museum is entirely run by volunteers, is self funding and recently proudly gained official accreditation. A DVD of the Great Storm is now available to buy and a rolling preview can be seen in the Great Storm display room.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Ann Melleney
11 contributions
Old and antique.
Nov 2019
All of it Love anything anything old and antique,with a story, and local,there is such a lot to see,you have to keep coming back, my husband loves it as well, especially the transport, will come again when we can.Thankyou all for keeping it going
Written October 6, 2020
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Many thanks for your kind words. Sadly we were unable to open for the 2020 season but are busy making plans to hopefully be ready to open for the 2021 season. Behind the scenes we are maintaining the many artefacts we have here and are also happy to answer any inquiries about the history of Dawlish, in conjunction with the local history group, should anybody ask. Thank you.
Written October 8, 2020
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Kevin James
London, UK2 contributions
Wow just wow
Nov 2019 • Couples
I had high hopes for this place and it did not disappoint us. This is my favourite place. Friendly staff and wonderful customer service. Very beautiful place
Written January 16, 2020
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Many thanks for such a positive review. Nice to hear our hard work is not in vain!
Written January 18, 2020
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raebans90
6 contributions
Facinating displays of local history
Sep 2019
My mother moved to Dawlish last year and we finally got round to visiting the museum last weekend. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly, the displays were fascinating and well updated. We were particularly impressed with the exhibition about the restorations to the railway line after the flooding.

We spent about an hour and a half in here, although it might have been quicker with children- we just love to read everything!

Thank you for an enjoyable visit :)
Written October 2, 2019
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Thank you very much for your review,glad you enjoyed your visit.New main display next year is all about The Warren so we could be well worth a second visit when we open next year in May. Many thanks.
Written October 3, 2019
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Tony C
Paignton, UK13 contributions
Good museum
Jul 2019 • Solo
Lots to see this museum is packed with all manner of interesting artefacts relating to the town, also has a collection of photo albums which are available to browse through.
Written August 10, 2019
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Jon Mac 3695
11 contributions
Worth a wee visit
Jul 2019 • Family
The volunteers were enthusiastic and knowledgeable, the displays interesting and the items well labelled. The topics covered a wide range of local and world-wide events and details from people's lives. Enough to see to make it worthwhile but not too much to make it overwhelming. Our kiddo enjoyed the challenge sheet but needed some help to locate certain information - which kept us involved too.
Written August 1, 2019
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AlanPDevon
Newton Abbot, UK15 contributions
Excellent and compact museum
Jul 2019 • Couples
We took our elderly Mother there and was surprised at the most interesting and varied content. It should be a must for locals to visit but varied enough for all covering back over the last century through to the destruction of the sea wall and main railway line from the storm in 2014. It has a lot of World War 2 content including the Scottish piper Bill Millen who piped the troops onto Sword Beach during the Normandy landings and lived the latter part of his live in Dawlish. Will need a couple of hours and it is only £1 or £2 to visit. The volunteers are very helpful and need supporting.
Written July 26, 2019
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Thank you very much for such a comprehensive review and your favourable comments.
Written July 30, 2019
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Angie Hall
Dawlish, UK87 contributions
Why have I not visited before.!
Jun 2019 • Friends
This little non descriptive museum I’ve passed many a time but decided to commemorate the fallen due to local tv coverage on DDay 6th June 2019. Oh my god lord. When you see a local Dawlish ‘lad back in the day’ be the infamous Bill Millin, bag pipe player at the Normandy landings, you tend to read every detail & look closer at his ‘pipes’. Seriously cannot shout out and recommend this place to visit. 10/10
Written July 21, 2019
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Glad you finally made it to see us. Thank you for your review.
Written July 22, 2019
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Jenny1997186259
Torquay, UK86 contributions
Lovely Museum; well worth a visit.
Jul 2019 • Friends
This is a lovely little museum, staffed by volunteers who are extremely friendly and helpful.

We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon there today.

Highly recommended.
Written July 18, 2019
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Thank you very much for your review,much appreciated.
Written July 22, 2019
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Anthony P
Tamworth, UK771 contributions
A Credit to the Town
May 2019 • Solo
Excellently laid out although beware there are stairs. Several rooms and a garden with plenty of information. Well worth the entrance fee
Written May 21, 2019
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Many thanks for your review. We have a stairlift available to the first floor and a spare wheelchair for use but sadly only stairs to the top upper floor. Thank you.
Written May 22, 2019
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751belindas
Marlborough, UK13 contributions
Excellebt museum
May 2019 • Couples
We visited this museum, it is smallish but packed with local information. Very interesting exhibits on Bill Mellin and the re building of the railway after the storm back a few years ago.
Written May 19, 2019
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Many thanks for such a positive review and glad you enjoyed it.
Written May 20, 2019
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Dawlish Museum is open:
  • Wed - Fri 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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